Does Abercrombie Run Small or Big? (Size Comparison)

Does Abercrombie Run Small or Big? (Size Comparison)

by jacky chou
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I remember in the early 2000s, when in high school, how this renowned apparel store was an important part of the zeitgeist. Wearing polo shirts with a moose on the chest was a status symbol. However, it was known as a brand that did not cater to plus-sized people, and those people resented it. But does Abercrombie run small?

After Abercrombie rebranded, which became popular in recent years, it has become a welcoming and inclusive brand for those who had written it off in the past. It’s now one of the market’s most inclusive brands, selling nearly all its styles and jeans in plus sizes.

What’s Abercrombie Company?

Abercrombie and Fitch is an American lifestyle brand specializing in casual clothing such as jeans, polo shirts, and tuxedo jackets. The company was started in 1892 by David Abercrombie. It is one of America’s most iconic apparel brands operating more than 2,000 stores worldwide. Besides, the company operates three other offshoot brands; Hollister Co., Abercrombie Kids, and Gilly Hicks.

What Makes Abercrombie Unique from Other Clothing Retailers?

Abercrombie is popular for its high-quality clothing. But does it run small? We will look at the Abercrombie size chart to see whether you can fit into their clothes.

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It’s worth noting that Abercrombie and Fitch often offer clothing in sizes XS-4XL. If you’re in between sizes, choose the smaller size. If you are much bigger or smaller than the typical size, consider ordering a larger or smaller size.

On the other hand, if you are medium-sized in other brands and want an Abercrombie shirt, you should get a large size. If your physique is especially large or small, you may want to get an extra large or small size. Moreover, if you normally wear an XL, we recommend ordering an XXL in Abercrombie.

Abercrombie Size Comparison

Abercrombie is known for being small in size; therefore, we decided to compare their sizes. Here are a few instances.

Abercrombie Size Comparison

Small: 6-8 Mediums: 10-12 Larges: 14-16 XLarges: 18-20 XXLarges: 22-24

Fitch Size Comparison

Small: 6-8 Mediums: 10-12 Larges: 14-16 XLarges: 18-20 XXLarges: 22-24

1. Abercrombie Jeans

Abercrombie’s jeans have been among the most well-known items in the company’s rebranding. The jeans are available in hundreds of different styles and sizes. Besides, they run true to size. Like all jeans, however, this depends on the style of the pants. If you want classic skinny jeans, go for your usual size. But if you’re in between sizes, go for the smaller one.

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If you’re in between sizes and want to wear stiffer denim, such as mom jeans or straight-leg jeans, you should size up because the denim has less flexibility. But this standard denim etiquette doesn’t reflect Abercrombie’s sizing.

Generally, Abercrombie jeans run true to size. However, shopping for pair of jeans is a personal experience because everyone is sized and shaped differently; therefore, irrespective of the number on the tag, you should go for the size that feels the most comfortable.

2. Abercrombie Shorts

Abercrombie offers a variety of shorts for the warmer months in addition to jeans. Denim shorts, sweat shorts, and linen shorts are available in various colors and styles. If you’re in between sizes, it is best to size up for their denim shorts, much like their stiffer jeans. But if you normally wear one size, you should order that size.

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On the other hand, the size of linen and sweat shorts will be determined by how you want them to fit. Size up if you would want a looser fit. Size down, or get your normal size if you want a tighter fit. Their shorts do not generally run small, but if you prefer a looser fit, get a larger size.

3. Abercrombie Jackets

Abercrombie Jackets usually run large but not large enough to size down. With jackets, you want extra space if you wear thick clothes underneath, such as a sweater. Besides, their site also differentiates the warmth level of the jackets, allowing you to plan properly based on the weather in your area.

Abercrombie Jackets

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All of the jackets are made of high-quality materials. However, compared to their other clothing, their jackets are rather expensive.

4. Abercrombie Bodysuits

Abercrombie’s bodysuit line has also earned a lot of great praise. The bodysuits are made of a thick, flexible fabric that resembles shapewear. They usually run true to size due to the high-quality fabric they use.

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For Abercrombie bodysuits, go with the smaller size if you are in between sizes. However, it’s always wise to go through the sizing guide and customer reviews before deciding.

5. Abercrombie Sweatpants

Abercrombie & Fitch has a surprisingly good collection of sophisticated-yet-comfortable sweatpants. First and foremost, these sweatpants are strong and have a good weight. However, since they aren’t extremely thick, you can layer a turtleneck underneath and even throw on a puffer jacket for especially chilly days.

Abercrombie Sweatpants

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The silky terry fabric feels luxurious and extra pleasant to the touch. I prefer wide-leg sweatpants bottoms to gathered sweatpants bottoms because it looks less like something you throw on without thinking. Besides, the set appears to be rather elegant for loungewear. The smooth lines and precise stitching make this cloth feel incredibly high-quality.

You can go for XXL size if you are between a standard 2XL/3XL in plus sizes. I wore an XXL in both styles since I’m usually about 20/22, and it fits me quite well. I have thick thighs and hips, and my bust is an inch or two larger than their size chart allows, but I still fit well in this set.

6. Abercrombie Dresses

The Open Tie-Back Midi Dress is the ideal wedding guest outfit for plus-sized women. The charming open-back detailing and the combination of cinched-in waist/flowy skirt are quite eye-catching. I like how the slit and sleeves are elasticized to fit a wide range of shoulders. However, because I have a shorter torso, the straps were a tad too long for me. The materials were silky but also had a crepe fabric feel to them.

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I wore an XXL dress, corresponding to a size 20-22 on the Abercrombie size chart. With the flexible shoulders and tie belt, you can still wear the XXL if you are one size larger than me. The good thing with the Abercrombie dresses is that some style goes up to XXXL (24-26).

7. Abercrombie Pants

Abercrombie has genuine leather pants that you can’t resist trying. The craftsmanship, on the other hand, is of exceptional quality. The pants are silky and will easily slip on over your thighs because of the slight stretch in the pants. There was no gaping at the waist when I was trying them. I’m 5’9″ and ordered a 36W with a long inseam, and I have been fine with the length.

Abercrombie Pants

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These pants are unique in that they have four different inseam lengths. The black is timeless and cool, while the dark brown is an excellent option to sport a leather style with a warmer feel.

8. Abercrombie Shirts

Abercrombie shirts tend to run true to size or even big, depending on the design and material. Most of their shirts are made of high-quality flexible fabric that is body-flattering. So you can get your usual size or even size down if you are in between sizes for this style. 

 Abercrombie Shirts

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Other Abercrombie shirt styles are designed to be oversize so that you can get your typical size in those as well. Size down if you want something more fitting in these styles.

Frequently Asked Questions on Abercrombie and Fitch

1. What size is an Abercrombie & Fitch Small In terms of size?

An Abercrombie & Fitch is often a size 2 or 4. However, depending on the item, several sizes may be available. For example, a size 6 shoe may be considered an Abercrombie Small, while a size 12 shoe may be considered an Abercrombie Large. If you are unsure which size to buy, go with the smaller size. However, a larger size may be preferable if you want to wear apparel outside the United States.

2. Is Abercrombie a high-end brand?

Abercrombie & Fitch clothes are made of high-quality materials and marketed at premium costs to promote the brand’s image of a “near-luxury lifestyle.” The company made a strong effort at this “near-luxury” brand position in 2005 when it opened its New York’s Fifth Avenue.

3. Is it wise to size up or down in jeans?

When no stretch fabric is incorporated into the cotton, the jean tends to grow; therefore, always choose the smaller size. It will shrink a bit after washing but stretch back out when worn. The 100% cotton used in Raw Denim has not been processed in any way at the manufacturing.

4. Is it normal for jeans to be too tight when you sit?

Always check the fly. According to Epstein, it’s not a good sign if you always feel like you want to unbutton your jeans whenever you sit down because you’re uncomfortable. Tight jeans tend to squash your backside and make an inseam to pull to one side.

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